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This is one of my all time favourite films! The acting from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt are outstanding, bring the entire film to life. The music is perfect for each moment throughout the film and the picture quality from the DVD is great. The film was released in 2006 and the Daily Mirror gave it 5 stars, stating that 'Comedy doesn't get much blacker - or brilliant - than this'. High praise in deed coming from such a critical film review.
The plot follows a young women named Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway - Princess Diaries) who enters the New York fashion magazine to work under the magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia), but she enters knowing very little about fashion herself, not standing her in good stead for the future. During her time she falls flat on her face despite help from Miranda's 1st Assistant, before learning how to cope in the high stress environment on the fashion world, all the while sacrificing her social life until finally she self implodes and realises what she has done. This is a comedy film for all the family and is hugely entertaining for everyone.
This film follows the book and having already read the book I was sceptical, to say the least, due to previous experience as films do not normally meet expectations. This, on the other hand, was not the case with this film and was in fact far better than I could ever have hoped for and even better than the book. A pleasant surprise.
The devil wears prada
Release date:- 2006
Price £3.49 on amazon
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
I had seen the end of this film so many times and odd little snippets when flicking through the channels and although I love chick flicks it never really appealed to me. I'm not all that interested in fashion or being a size 0 model so just ignored the film until today. This film is based on a book that I haven't read and I probably will read it eventually.
Flicking through the channels I came across The Devil Wears Prada and thought why not give it a try I have the whole day to relax which if you knew me you'd know I don't relax enough, working 6 days a week and on my day off I apply for auditions and acting roles. Life as a struggling actor isn't easy. I really enjoyed this film I found it funny and enjoyable. I am a fan of Anne Hathaway which is a bonus.
Andrea Sachs is a graduate in the journalism field she moves to New York and is hired as the second assistant to Miranda Priestly in a fashion industry. To start with Andrea did not like Fashion and just chose the fashion magazine to get a foot in the door as a journalism. Within the film Andrea struggles with balancing her private life and her work life. Her career is very important to her no matter how horrible and nasty her boss is to her but is her career more important than her boyfriend Nate?
I think that you learn a lot of lessons from this film for example there are a lot of choices to be made in life and we don't always chose the correct path but in the end the correct path always finds us and outs us back on track.
Andrea:- Anne Hathaway
Miranda- Meryl Streep
Emily - Emily Blunt
Absolutely brilliant casting the relationship between the actors is clearly shown in each scene and from the opening to the end you see the contrasting characters and the way that they react to one another.
The script is well written, I know that it is based on a book, that it have not read so I cannot comment on the similarities and differences between the two but in the future I hope to update this review with the relevant information regarding the book and movie.
I would recommend this film. I really enjoyed it once I had given it a try. Movies don't always end up the way you first expect them to be.
I like this movie and have watched it quite a few times now without getting bored of it!
The movie is about a young, very unfashionable girl who applied and gets a job working as a personal assistant for the editor in chief and the most respected and feared woman working for Runway fashion magazine. She does this to eventually land a job as a journalist, but has to endure a year of being a personal assistant first.
The movie is about the transformation of this girl 'Andy' from a girl who always put her boyfriend and her friends first and who did not care at all about what people thought about her appearance, into a fashion concious girl who has to put her career before anything else in her life (including her best friends and her boyfriend). She pushes her friends and her boyfriend away for her job, but in the end realises that she has been stupid and realises what is more important in life.
I think that this movie really makes you think about your own life and put things into perspective, its a good watch.
'The Devil Wears Prada' is a great film that came out in 2006. When I first saw the trailers for this, I didnt really understand what it was about. All I got from the advert was that Meryl Streep was in it. But a few years later I decided to buy it as I was told it was a good chick flick. Which ofcourse it is, as its all about fashion... well mainly!
The film is about Andy (played by Anne Hathaway) who wants to be a write. She need a job and ends up getting one at one of the biggest magazines. She is an assistant for the boss... who is a fashion, but is a bit of nasty work ;-) Andy looking out of date wearing 'bad' clothes isnt very popular when she first gets there. But as she starts looking for more like a respectable woman, she pushes her boyfriend further away.
Meryl Streep is really good in this. She plays the cold hearted boss and sticks to character at all times, she is truely a film legend!!! This film is gripping as you want to know how its gonig to end up. This is quite a happy chick flick, as most are!!!
My favourite it is when Andy starts getting into fashion, I love watching her in the outfits as I think they lok great.
"I'm on this new diet. Well, I don't eat anything and when I feel like I'm about to faint I eat a cube of cheese. I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight" Said by Emily (played by Emily Blunt). Who is also great in thsi movie. This quote shows the humour in the movie.
I've see this film a few times because even though I have it on dvd, it is shown on tv quite a lot. So I'll probably end up watching it again. I would recommend this movie to annyone who likes chick flicks.
As this film has been out for about six years, its very cheap! About £3 brand new and much cheaper used! If you love fashion and chick flicks (combine) then its a must see!
This film stars Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly the editor of a fashion magazine. Anne Hathaway stars as Andy Sachs who is hired to work as one of Miranda's assistants. Miranda is very difficult to work for and since Andy has no interest in fashion their relationship definately starts off on the wrong foot. The story follows Andy's highs and lows whilst working for Miranda and we get a good insight into the world of fashion. Whilst working for Miranda Andy changes with the help of a makeover from a co-worker and becomes Miranda's favourite which doesn't go down well with Miranda's other senior assistant.
This a really sweet and funny film and if you like fashion you will love it. Meryl Streep plays the role of a hard nosed workaholic editor perfectly and really suits the sharp role. Anne Hathaway is also fantastic as a girl who knows nothing about fashion. The film is a nice pace and is never boring or slow and there is always something happening. I also like the story that we see develop between Andy and her boyfriend which I think is very realistic as work takes a priority for her and things between her and her boyfriend begin to change. There are lots of comedy moments in this film which will have you laughing but we also get to see the real person behind the hard nosed magazine editor which makes this film hearwarming and real.
The soundtrack is also really good and the music suits the different scenes in the film.
There are also lots of nice clothes and bags to drool over in this film which definately appealed to me.
I would definately recommend this film. It is a must see movie.
Having read the novel, I wasn't overly eager to grab the DVD since experience has taught me that films rarely live up to the books' expectations. However, this is one of the rare instances where I ended up liking the film more than the book. The reason behind this of course lies in the brilliant Meryl Streep. She is, according to me, one of the few actresses who can really mould themselves to any given role.
Andy is fresh out of college and aspires to be a journalist. She applies to the prestigious fashion magazine, Runaway, without having any prior notion of or interest in fashion. Runaway staffed are even shocked when they learn that Andy has no idea who Miranda Priestly is- the notorious, Ice Queen, and amazingly strict editor of the magazine. When Andy finally lands a job as Miranda's assistant, she will soon learn that the job is just one step above modern slavery. But this is a job which apparently "many girls would kill for."
As various film critics have commented- both the book and the film is based off notorious Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, who is extremely harsh, cold and strict with her staff. If that is really the case, then Meryl Streep really lived up to expectations. What I loved most about her was the way in which she depicted Miranda Priestley's coldness- she was not brutal or abrupt, she was always calm and smooth, but with an unmistakable iciness to her voice. I think this subtlety in her acting really forced the cruel, somewhat evil air around Miranda.
Anne Hathaway was equally great in her role of Andy. She has come an incredibly long way from her performance in the Princess Diaries and I believe that she gave a brilliant performance in this film. Moreover, the screen presences emitted by both Hathaway and Streep enhanced the boss-employee relationship. The scenes which included both of them together were certainly amazing. I have rarely seen such perfect acting before!
Meryl Streep as Miranda
Anne Hathaway as Andy
Emily Blunt as Emily
Stanley Tucci as Nigel
Simon Baker as Christian
Adrian Grenier as Nate
Tracie Thoms as Lily
Rich Sommer as Doug
I definitely recommend the film. For me, I was even better than the novel and I do believe that it managed to capture the whole message and essence of the novel as a whole.
Thank you for reading!
I love fashion! My acting hero is Meryl Streep (I'm a drama student) so this film could be amazing for a girl like me! Actually, to be honest this is a film for all girl who loves fashion or designer clothes, especially Prada!
Andrea 'Andy' Sachs has a dream: being a journalist, she gets an interview for a second assistant, for Miranda Preistly who runs runway fashion magazine - this job is every girl's dream. Can she win it? everyone at work suspects that everyone is perfect and all tidy and ready to work by 9 o'clock (when Miranda arrives) The first assistant, Emily tell Andy that she needs to sort her behaviour out and sort herself out. However, Andy is not the sort of girl who can get the job, she has no fashion sense, she has never heard of runway fashion magazine and she's a size eight (which is size 10 in the UK)
Everyone seems to judge her, except her boyfriend Nate who loves her as a person not for her dress sense and he's even happy seeing her in a tracksuit! Whether she gets the job or not, she goes for a make-over of life and realises that there is a lot too life. So will you learn not to judge?
Miranda Priestly : Meryl Streep
Andrea 'Andy' Sachs : Anne Hathaway
Emily Chalton : Emily Blunt
Nigel : Stanley Tucci
Christian Thompson : Simon Baker
Nate : Adrian Griener
Serena : Gisele Bundchen
run time : 109 minutes
director : David Frankel
certificate : 12
This is a huge must see for those who loves clothes whether you're a high street or designer! I love this film only cause of fashion and Meryl Streep! It's a huge must see for all your girls and girlfriends! At first I thought the film was going to bad, but actually it is really good!
This is the film adaption of the book by Lauren Weisberger, and has earned itself a spot on my favourite films to veg out to list. Starring Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) and Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia), it's full of glamour, hot fashion, and impossibly groomed women, but it also has a good story at it's heart, that its always better to be yourself than to try and be someone who you are not.
Andy Sachs (Hathaway)is an oh-so-serious journalist with oh-so-serious stories to tell, who finds herself hired as an assistant to scary boss from hell Miranda Priestly (Streep). At first she sticks out like a sore thumb; she's bigger than a size 2, considers hairy jumpers an accpetable clothing choice, and the thought of comfort enters her head when choosing which shoes to wear in the morning. All of which deem her to be unworthy of the fashion world, and she is quickly alerted to her errors, and schooled in the art of dressing well and skipping meals. However, she also has to contend with Miranda's impossible and increasingly ludicrous requests, which require superhuman effort to complete, and earn her little praise.
Throughout the film, we see Andy force herself to fit into this world of fashion, hissy fits, and throwing up after dinner. She earns her place in this new world at the expense of her established place in the real world. She slowly starts to realise that although Miranda believes they have everything, Andy has found herself with nothing, save a designer wardrobe, and the skill of accessorising.
It's a real girls film, packed full with beautiful outfits, gorgeous shoes, and humor that everyone that's ever had an unreasonable boss will understand. It has some great supporting actors and actresses, such as Emily Blunt, who is just fantastic in this film, bitingly funny, and Adrian Grenier, who is so hot it could make your teeth melt, which is another great reason to watch the film! I'd recommend it if you enjoy most girly movies, but want something just a little bit smarter (not that this is the smartest of films, just that it has something intellectually over SATC). I hope this was helpful, thanks for reading.
Meet Miranda Priestly. She's the meanest, nastiest, scariest, most self-centred, unpredictable, humourless boss you'll ever meet. You think your current employer is unbearable and difficult to work for? Just wait until you see some of the crazy assignments this woman hands out. Her morning coffee requires ten different additions to it, her restaurant reservations must be made precisely on time including the detailed meal she'll be having, absolutely no one dares to ride in the same elevator with her, her dog needs to be taken care of, her children's homework is also the assistant's homework and around her, everyone has to be on top of their game. There can be no mistakes. When she says no, it's a 100% no, there is no point speaking against her, since she won't change her mind. How can she get away with being like this? Ms. Priestly happens to be one of the most powerful, influential people in the multimillion-dollar fashion industry. As the editor-in-chief of "Runway," she can make or break designers with the flick of her pen, she can force a designer to completely redo his/her collection with the simple pursing of her lips and with her magazine she defines the latest trend in fashion. She is so legendary that "a million girls would kill" for the chance of working for her.
When you're that powerful and when so many people rely on you, there can be no room for error and that's exactly what this "dragon lady" (Meryl Streep) expects from everyone who works for her. This means bad news to Andy (Anne Hathaway), her new second assistant. Yes, Miranda has two assistants. She needs two assistants. Andy has absolutely no knowledge or passion when it comes to fashion and initially, the first assistant Emily (Emily Blunt) makes fun of Andy's casual, unfashionable outfit and her constant clumsiness. Priestly, as can be expected, expects the impossible and Andy, of course, struggles to catch on. But after a while she learns to play the game. She needs to suck it up, wear pretty clothes to fit in for a while, impress Priestly and then leave after a year for another job. She can get whatever job in the city, because having worked for Miranda Priestly for a year means you are capable of anything. Put it this way, when you can get the unpublished manuscript of the new "Harry Potter" book, you've seen everything and nothing will ever surprise you ever again.
"The Devil Wears Prada" is a film, a loose adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's novel of the same name. She once used to work for the often controversial figure Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of "Vogue," and her novel is based on her experience of working for the challenging Wintour. Is Priestly Wintour? Probably not. Their offices look shockingly similar but other than that, Streep is wise enough to never imitate her too closely. Her harshness and complete detachment is quiet, rather than over the top, and Streep handles this perfectly. I doubt Wintour can demand half the things Priestly does, because if that's the case, Wintour would be fighting a hefty load of lawsuits. But Streep is so delightfully evil, never a caricature, but invents the character for herself. She never yells, or loses her temper, but even her softest voice carries with it a brilliantly harsh tone that would make anyone tremble at her feet. Sometimes she doesn't even need to say anything. With one of her casual glances, she can seize those around her in total fear. Her outstanding performance is, without a doubt, one of the best features of the film and even if you don't have the slightest interest in fashion whatsoever, you owe it to yourself to watch the reason why Streep is so often called the greatest living actress.
So Streep is a fantastic leading actress - we all knew that. But what about those in the supporting roles? Do they indeed "support" our ridiculously talented screen legend? Or do they completely ruin the film? Luckily, it's the former. Two of the film's biggest surprises come from Stanley Tucci, playing Nigel, Priestly's most trusted staff, and Blunt, her first assistant. Blunt is the neurotic, over the top version of Andy, with her proper British accent exaggerating her neurosis even more clearly to the audience, and her performance is an immensely fun one. Tucci, playing the almost certainly homosexual man, gives his role the appropriate amount of camp quality. His character however, is not always used for comic purposes and when the script requires him to be a little more serious according to the atmosphere, Tucci, the incredible actor that he is, pulls it off magnificently.
It would be a fatal error to dismiss this as just another chick flick, a new addition for the obsessive "Sex and the City" generation. Although "Prada" quite obviously has the responsibility to flaunt a certain amount of expensive looking clothes, bags and accessories, the focus of the film isn't solely on the fashion, but also on the industry itself. It also addresses how, whether you like it or not, cutthroat and ruthless you have to be to make it to the top and stay there; how hard you have to work to live the glamorous, shiny life that you get to see on television and magazine covers. When handling the dramatic side of events, the script is not as successful or as clever as it is capturing the funnier aspects, with a couple of slightly formulaic elements making some scenes seem a little unnatural. Towards the end some of the dialogue is plagued with the very disagreeable variations of the phrase "be yourself" and is dangerously close to being overly sentimental but thankfully, it survives, and wraps things up quite neatly.
The Devil Wears Prada is one of the best romantic comedies that has been released in the last ten years.
The plot is simple. Andy (Anne Hathaway), a journalism graduate, lands a job working for the notorious Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep), editor of Runway Magazine. Andy has dreams of writing articles that matter....political and human interest stories of the type that win Pulitzer's. Runway is focussed on fashion and of no real interest to the slightly geeky and non-fashion conscious Andy. However, she takes the job working for Miranda Priestly as she is renowned as the toughest boss in the business and so if you can survive a year working for her then it would give Andy massive street cred when applying for other jobs later on. Miranda does whatever possible to make Andy's life a nightmare, giving her seemingly impossible tasks and treating her like she is nothing more than something she's stepped in - but over time, Andy wins Miranda over and proves herself as a worthy assistant. In order to keep up with Miranda's demands, to look immaculate and fashionable, and deal with her bitchy co-worker (Emily Blunt), something has to give! And what gives is Andy's relationship with her friends and her boyfriend, the gorgeous Nate. This is a story about Andy trying to find her way in the world and to reach a compromise between her ambition and her personal life.
The portrayal of Miranda Priestly by Meryl Streep is pure brilliance! Her character is much more three dimensional than what would normally be portrayed in films of this genre, and she fabulously expresses herself as a strong, dominant woman who is not only incredibly difficult and unpleasant but also troubled and vulnerable. For me, it is Meryl Streep that makes this film what it is.
Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt are also very good in this film - although still somewhat outshined by Meryl Streep. Emily is witty and charismatic and depicts a "Miranda in the making" and her on-screen relationship with Anne Hathaway is very believable.
One thing I love about this film is that its focus is on three strong women in industry who are ambitious and vibrant, and who do not act like silly little girls whose lives revolve around chasing the man of their dreams. Yes, there is some romance in the film in the form of Nate, but ultimately the film is about the relationship between the three women and how they strive to find their place in the world.
I'd struggle to understand why anyone would not like this film. It is funny but not in the typical obvious way that follow most comedies and it's script feels unique and individual. There are just too many comedies these days that are formulaic in nature, but I think this comedy stands apart from the crowd because it is about more than just putting a smile on your face.
Imagine that you have just a Northwest University graduate with a degree in Journalism. You are extremely ambitious and you would love to work for some respected newspaper. To make your dreams come true, you go to New York City but instead of getting your dream job you end up as a junior assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of 'Runaway' fashion magazine. Million girls would literally die to get that job but not you. You have no interest in fashion whatsoever and you find fashion industry extremely shallow.
Andrea (by friends called Andy) Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, finds herself in such a situation. However, instead of rejecting the job or resigning after a few days of Miranda's humiliating treatment, she decides to put up with it. Andy knows that after a year spent working for 'Runaway' she will be able to get any job she would like. Her co-workers, especially Miranda's senior assistant Emily Charlton (Emily Blunt) don't make her life easier. Instead, they keep on teasing her and laughing at her bad fashion sense.
Andrea doesn't give up. She tries; she changes her clothes (asking for help a professional stylist that works for 'Runaway') and by doing some seemingly impossible things for Miranda, she gradually starts to gain respect of her colleagues and, perhaps, Miranda. But does it mean she is happy? Does she still have a social life? What about her boyfriend, will he accept all the changes in Andy's style and character?
This story is based on the book of the same title by Lauren Weisbeiger. I must admit that I haven't read it but after watching this film, I am definitely going to do so. Before I watched the film, I hadn't known it is based on a book because If I had known that, I would definitely have read the book. However, I am glad I didn't as I find most of the films based on books really disappointing and the little (or big) differences between the books and films extremely annoy me. This is a very enjoyable film (for girls that love fashion and for girls that hate it) and it is actually more ambitious than I expected (at first, I thought it would be very shallow). I think it is perfect for a girls' night in.
I am not good at judging the performance of actors and actresses but I simply think Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly is great. I love Anne Hathaway so bear in mind that I am biased when I say her performance was amazing.
The film was first released on the 30th of June and is 106 minutes long. It was directed by David Frankel.
Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) has just got the job that a thousand girls would die for, but she's not one of them. After graduating from college studying journalism she decides that she needs to get a real job, to pay the bills but this job isn't following her career path.
She gets a job as Miranda Priestley's (Meryl Streep) assistant, Miranda is the editor of the famous fashion magazine runway not easy to please and very demanding this job is not what she was expecting, but if she sticks at it this is the gateway to her dream job.
She doesn't fit in at the office with the other employees being stick thin and very fashion conscious, but after not succeeding and with Miranda on her back is the way to succeed to change and fit in? Will she change more than her appearance and is her relationship with her boyfriend (Nate - Adrian Grenier) in trouble?
One of the things that I liked about the film was that it was like stepping into another world. I'm not the most fashion conscious person and I really could relate to Andy. One character that I loved was Emily (Emily Blunt) The assistant that was fashion conscious and would do anything that she could to please Miranda.
I loved the transformation of Andy, Ann Hathaway is stunning and in the beginning of the film she was dressed very simply with a simple haircut and plain clothes and when she decides that she wants to get further as soon as she puts on those labelled clothes she just looks amazing. You would definitely spot her in a crowd!
I love the tasks that Andy has to do as her assistant, they are interesting and there is always something new. From collecting coffees for Miranda to trying to get hold of the unpublished new Harry Potter manuscript, its quite funny to watch.
I found that I could watch this film all the time, it gets a bit boring. After I bought this film I watched it and then took it home with me over the holiday and my sister wanted to watch it. Twice within one week, the second time I just felt bored. I can watch it again, I just need to leave enough time between the viewings.
I bought this for my mum when it was first released on DVD as she really fancied it. Although she enjoyed it she was a little disappointed as it wasn't as good as she expected. I therefore hadn't borrowed it but when it was on telly the other day and nothing much else was on I tuned in to watch this.
Released in 2006 and directed by David Frankel, The Devil Wears Prada is loosely based on the book of the same name by Lauren Weisburger. It is the story of budding journalist Andy Sachs who takes a job at fashion magazine Runway under renowned editor in chief Miranda Priestley.
Andy has just graduated from college and although she really wants to be a serious journalist she takes the job at Runway as a stop gap to gain experience. She doesn't really fit in with the fashion obsessed size two office and her boyfriend isn't particularly supportive. Initially Andy thinks she is doing her best for no recognition but after a few home truths and a bit of fashion advice from art director Nigel she really steps up her game and finds herself flying high in a place where she never thought she would.
Miranda is the perfect editor for a high fashion magazine; she's quite stereotypical (and apparently based on a Vogue editor) and although she is hard on Andy, she realises that hundreds of people would love the opportunity to work for her so she doesn't need to be nice. Once Andy starts performing better though she does mellow a bit and we get to see a softer side to the character.
At first I thought Andy was too nice to work in the cutthroat world of fashion but after her talk with Nigel she seems to rise to the challenge and therefore becomes a more likable character because you know she is trying her best. It's easy to hate Miranda but she is just doing her job and without her hard attitude she probably wouldn't have had the same success.
The film does show the good and bad of the characters and the fashion industry. Andy has problems with her boyfriend as she struggles to balance her work and home life and Miranda may be a high flyer at work but at home she has difficulties with her husband, showing that it's not easy to get everything right. The magazine does seem to prefer tiny models and although this isn't a good image to portray to young girls it's probably reflects a true one.
The plot isn't particularly original and there were parts that reminded me of other films I'd seen in the past, but overall I quite enjoyed the experience. The ending was slightly predictable but the film manages to create enough laughs along the way to keep it light hearted and quite funny.
I didn't think Andy's relationship with Nate was given enough focus as although we know he's unhappy with her working all hours we don't really get to see how much it affects either of them. I would have liked to have seen this explored more as I think it would have given Andy's personality more depth..
I don't think it's necessary to be into fashion to enjoy this as I don't know much about Haute Couture but still liked watching this. The clothes shown however do look fabulous and untypical size six Andy still looks good in sample sizes showing you don't need to be uber skinny to look good (but thousands of pounds worth of clothes might help).
Anne Hathaway does a great job as Andy. She pulls of the awkward geeky phase of her character well although it did remind me a little of her performance in The Princess Diaries. She also performs well as Andy progresses; I liked her more here as she seemed to really become her character.
Meryl Streep is perfect as Miranda; she plays the bitchy, tight lipped editor perfectly. She manages to make Priestley unbelievably scary without ever raising her voice and if looks could kill she'd have a high fatality rate.
Emily Blunt is good as long suffering senior assistant Emily, a girl who never really accepts Andy and although she grows to like her a bit she would never admit it. Nigel is played by Stanley Tucci, he may have to fulfil every gay fashion cliché going but he looks and feels like he belongs throughout.
Overall I found this film an enjoyable experience; the story may not be original and the fashion world clichéd but the characters are played well and that is what makes this good to watch. I have to admit I had pretty low expectations that the film surpassed, I think this is why my mum was disappointed because she expected so much more and it isn't great it's just good. The film is a certificate 12 and is currently available on Amazon for £3.15 which isn't a bad price but it does seem to be on the telly regularly enough if you fancy watching it for free.
Andrea (Anne Hathaway) joins Runway magazine as an assistant, she realises immediately what a demanding boss she has in Miranda Priestly (
Meryl Streep) who makes her life hell initially in being overly demanding and horrible to her. Andrea works hard to become a success but will her success come at the cost of her personal relationships with her boyfriend and friends?
Meryl Streep ... Miranda Priestly
Anne Hathaway ... Andrea 'Andy' Sachs
Emily Blunt ... Emily Chalton
Stanley Tucci ... Nigel
Simon Baker ... Christian Thompson
Adrian Grenier ... Nate
Tracie Thoms ... Lily
Rich Sommer ... Doug
Daniel Sunjata ... James Holt
David Marshall Grant ... Richard Sachs
James Naughton ... Stephen
Tibor Feldman ... Irv Ravitz
Rebecca Mader ... Jocelyn
Jimena Hoyos ... Lucia
Gisele Bündchen ... Serena
I liked this film, it is squarely aimed at the female market, but Hathaway is a fine lead, she is charming and quite sweet. The story ploughs along nicely and Hathaway provides a solid lead, Emily blunt is excellent as an ambitious fellow worker, while Stanley Tucci has the right sense of arrogance and vulnerability as an under pressure fashionista.
The star of the film though is Meryl Streep who is fantastic as the editor of Runway magazine she brings a steely air which makes you really not feel sorry for her at any point. The film is fairly lightweight in an amusing, charming way but Streep really combines wonderfully with Hathaway to make this a charming and involving film.
It is a 3 out of 5 film for me as it is really lightweight, enjoyable fluff with the right levels of comedy, romance and ambition, it is a film which has a number of cameos from famous fashionistas but being an untrendy fella I couldn't tell you who they all were.
The DVD is available on Amazon for £5.54.
Every young girl dreams of being around all the great fashion labels; Versace, Dior, D&G, that is, everyone apart from Andy (Anne Hathaway) who's only dream is of becoming a highflying journalist covering the key issues in American society and needless to say, fashion isn't at the top of her list. When Andy turns up for an interview at Runway magazine she has no idea what's in store for her.
Suffice to say, Andy gets the job at Runway as Miranda Priestly's (Meryl Streep) co-assistant. It's not long before Andy finds herself being lost in the world of fashion and finally caves to the pressure of becoming another one of Miranda's minions. Miranda is synonymous with being the toughest critic in the world of fashion and for Andy that is just the tip of the very cold iceberg.
This is a very modern, witty comedy that will keep even the most pessimistic of people at bay for the entirety of the 109 minute running time. It's not your usual comedy and when I say usual, these days that tends to mean watching Seth Rogen smoking a spliff and generally acting like a complete pratt in the interest of boosting Judd Apatow's bank balance, *cough* I mean entertainment. This film relies less on visual gags and more on wit, charm and Meryl Streep's superb acid tongue and it blows anything that the team of Rogen/Apatow have ever done out of the water.
I think you will have noticed by now that I'm not Seth Rogen's, nor Judd Apatow's biggest fan, (that would be an understatement), I prefer my comedy to be a little bit more refined and rely on it's sharpness and astute script rather than facetious, unfunny comedy that generally appeals to no one passed the age of 15. Unfortunately it'd be a lie if I said that The Devil Wears Prada was the former, however thankfully it's nowhere near to being the latter. The film relies mainly on sarcasm, otherwise known as the lowest form of wit, however I'll take sarcasm over Rogen's pot belly any day.
Granted not everybody looks favourably upon sarcasm but I personally feel that the chosen brand of humour works perfectly with the tone of the movie and it would have been a much poorer experience without it. Meryl Streep delivers her lines with her unique brand of subtle, sharp and dead pan comic timing that will have you sniggering guiltily as she belittles Andy in front of numerous people with a single look. Meryl Streep is well known for being one of the greatest actresses of our generation and that's an accolade that is greatly deserved. Streep can portray numerous emotions with a look in her eyes and a twinge in her face which is what makes this film work superbly as there are numerous visual comedy moments from Streep and it's safe to say that she could have even the most macho man quivering in his boots. Streep also does superbly with the softer sides of her character, she encapsulates the supremely confident sour laced tongued boss exactly as you'd expect. However you know that deep down there's a softer side to this hard faced character and we're given aspects of a softer side when we see her arguing with her husband. Streep portrays the sensitive side of Miranda brilliantly, she manages to evoke enough emotion whilst retaining her acid tongue to be used as her defence mechanism which works fantastically.
This is what gets the audience rooting for Andy right from the start, in the opening sequence we witness a lot of fashion obsessed women getting ready for work with their designer labels that extend even to their underwear, whereas when we meet Andy she's just an average girl. She's no Ugly Betty which is what makes her so relatable (think Mia from The Princess Diaries without the frizzy hair and glasses). Anne Hathaway is clearly a superb up and coming actress and it was interesting to see the diversity between the, then 23 year old Hathaway hold her own against a seasoned veteran such as Meryl Streep. There's no doubt in my mind that age triumphs over youth in this film as Streep is on top form but to be fair I don't think that's completely Hathaway's fault. Hathaway isn't given much to work with as the sweet, naïve but likeable girl that the audience will instantly strike a chord with. Hathaway's personal progression throughout the movie was played out onscreen very well, there were no drastic changes that the audience wasn't alerted to way before it happened, leaving us up to date with every aspect of Andy's character meaning that the audience are never left in the dark.
The film is extremely entertaining and for a film that doesn't exactly have a lot going on it certainly keeps you entertained throughout without becoming stale and tiresome. The plot progresses at a rapid pace, enabling the audience to easily keep up with what's going on but not patronising them as to spend too much time explaining each bit of development. This keeps the film fresh and exciting all the way through with new developments happening all the time.
The film is portrayed very well and is just what you'd expect to see in the cut throat world of fashion. The film pulls no punches in showing the audience exactly what goes on behind the scenes of a highly successful fashion magazine (think Ugly Betty without the braces), the jabs that Andy endures concerning her fashion sense (or lack of it) is laughable, but then issues concerning her weight are a little more serious and accurately reflect exactly how the fashion world works, fortunately not glossing over the merciless aspects of this difficult and stereotyped world.
The film is classed, unsurprisingly as a chick flick but I personally know men that have equally enjoyed the film and would highly recommend it to anyone who is even only slightly interested as it will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations and excel as being one of the best scripted comedy films of the last few years.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £3.99.
This clever, funny big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-seller takes some of the snarky bite out of the chick lit book, but smoothes out the characters' boxy edges to make a more satisfying movie. There's no doubt The Devil Wears Prada belongs to Meryl Streep, who turns in an Oscar-worthy (seriously!) strut as the monster editor-in-chief of Runway, an elite fashion magazine full of size-0, impossibly well-dressed plebes. This makes new second-assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway), who's smart but an unacceptable size 6, stick out like a sore thumb. Streep has a ball sending her new slave on any whimsical errand, whether it's finding the seventh (unpublished) Harry Potter book or knowing what type she means when she wants skirts. Though Andrea thumbs her nose at the shallow world of fashion (she's only doing the job to open doors to a position at The New Yorker someday), she finds herself dually disgusted yet seduced by the perks of the fast life. The film sends a basic message: Make work your priority, and you'll be rich and powerful... and lonely. Any other actress would have turned Miranda into a scenery-chewing Cruella, but Streep's underplayed, brilliant comic timing make her a fascinating, unapologetic character. Adding frills to the movie's fun are Stanley Tucci as Streep's second-in-command, Emily Blunt (My Summer of Love) as the overworked first assistant, Simon Baker as a sexy writer, and breathtaking couture designs any reader of Vogue would salivate over.